Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Coal's position in global electricity markets stems from its relative accessibility, affordability and distribution around the globe. Global thermal and metallurgical coal prices recovered rapidly as demand for electricity generation stabilized following the recession, especially in the developing world. However, environmental concerns surrounding coal-generated power have increased in the past five years, and are expected to continue doing so in the next five years. In the five years to 2021, demand for coal is anticipated to be moderate. Developing nations will continue expanding infrastructures to supply populations with reliable and affordable electricity. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to grow over the next five years.
... read more
Coal plays a vital role in global electricity generation markets and, consequently, the industry recovered strongly from the global recession. Despite environmental concerns about coal's high carbon content, countries still rely heavily on coal to provide electricity to their populations. In the five years to 2016, the industry's revenue is anticipated to decline at an annualized rate of 14.1% to total an estimated $600.8 billion, attributable somewhat to environmental concerns, but mostly due to a caustic mix of oversupply and weakening demand. Industry revenue is projected to fall a further 10.6% in 2016 as unstable demand couples with oversupply.
.. read more